Strange path

Warren Fyfe

Mawaan Rizwan was brought up in a religious family but is no longer practising and feels detached from spirituality. He visits the Oklevueha Native American Church in Salt Lake City in Utah, America, where people take the Class A drug peyote in the hope of finding religious enlightenment. A powerful hallucinogen, its active ingredient mescaline [...]

Sporting pioneer

Warren Fyfe

After the Second World War, neurologists at the spinal injuries unit at Stoke Mandeville Hospital began to use sport as part of their patient rehabilitation programmes. Similar programmes were adopted across the country, and competitions were held between hospitals. In September 1960, the International Stoke Mandeville Games was held at the same site as the [...]

Trump’s shock troops: Who are the ‘alt-right’?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter Image caption Trump re-tweeted cartoon of himself as the internet meme Pepe the frog, with the caption “Can’t stump the Trump” A disparate group of provocateurs is challenging conservative orthodoxy from the right. They hate political correctness and love Donald Trump – but their critics say they’re nothing but bigoted white nationalists. [...]

Can the DJ of Dakar stop people emigrating?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Thinkstock Fed up with the lack of opportunities at home, the majority of young people in Senegal dream of emigrating, even though the route to Europe is fraught with danger. Will new courses to teach them skills – such as DJ-ing – be enough to stop them leaving, asks Nicola Kelly. “We Senegalese, [...]

Who, What, Why: When can you sit in a reserved seat on a train?

Warren Fyfe

Media captionVirgin Trains has released footage of Mr Corbyn’s journey Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised after being filmed sitting on the floor on a Virgin train when there were apparently seats available. So, on a busy train, can you sit in reserved but empty seats? You can sit in reserved seats on inter-city [...]

The town where 100 young people have tried to kill themselves

Warren Fyfe

When Justin Trudeau came to power in Canada, he promised to repair the country’s relationship with its Aboriginal people, after centuries of discrimination. A disproportionate number of indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered in recent decades, and suicide attempts have risen dramatically in some communities, writes Stephen Sackur. Attawapiskat is hard to reach. [...]

How John Hersey’s Hiroshima revealed the horror of the bomb

Warren Fyfe

At the end of this month 70 years will have passed since the publication of a magazine story hailed as one of the greatest pieces of journalism ever written. Headlined simply Hiroshima, the 30,000-word article by John Hersey had a massive impact, revealing the full horror of nuclear weapons to the post-war generation, as Caroline [...]

The HIV secret kept from a husband

Warren Fyfe

Thousands of women across South Africa are taking drugs to combat HIV in secret – without the knowledge of their husbands or partners. Millions of women have been infected by HIV in South Africa, and although many have access to treatment, large numbers are taking their pills covertly for fear of being abandoned. As the [...]